The Petronas Twin Towers are dual skyscrapers with a postmodern design, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its design by Cesar Pelli is inspired by the Islamic symbol, Rub el Hizb – two overlapping squares, rotated to create an eight-pointed star. The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004 (when they were surpassed by Taipei 101). The two towers are connected at the 41st and 42nd floors by the sky bridge – the highest two-story bridge in the world, which is 170 meters (558 feet) high, and 58 meters (190 feet) long.
The towers have a total of 78 elevators. The 29 main elevators are all double-decker – the bottom deck stops at odd-numbered floors, and the upper deck serves even-numbered floors. To reach an even numbered floor from the ground, passengers must take an escalator up one level from the ground floor.
The Petronas Towers symbolically represent Malaysia’s culture. The outline of the towers make ‘M’, the beginning letter of Malaysia, whereas a glimpse of the traditional handicrafts – basket weaving can be seen in the jagged outline.
While one of the Petronas towers is occupied by Petronas and its allied companies, the other has following offices – AVEVA, HCL Technologies, The Agency (a modeling company), IBM, Al Jazeera English, Huawei Technologies, Carigali Hess, Bloomberg, Boeing, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, McKinsey & Co, TCS, Krawler, Microsoft, and Reuters.
- The towers were constructed between 1993 and 1994.
- Architect Cesar Pelli designed the towers.
- The height of each tower is 451.9 meters (1,483 feet).
- There are 88 floors in each of the towers.
The Petronas Twin Towers are located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The towers can be reached within a half-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You can take a taxi, train, or bus to reach the towers.
The climate of Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid much of the year. The rainiest months are March to April, and September to November. The city is a great place to spend many national holidays and festivals, like Flora Fest in January or February and Malaysia Fest in May.
- Open for visitors from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.
- Closed on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and closed on all Mondays.
Tickets are issued from 8:30 am at the counter on the Concourse level. Tickets can also be purchased in advance.
- Child RM 30 (RM = Malaysian Ringgit)
- Adult RM 80
- MyKid RM 12
- MyKad Adult RM 25
Nearby attractions: Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, KL Malaysia, KlangValley in Selangor, and Genting Highlands in Pahang and Selangor.
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